Academic thesis

Rose Magee: Restoration and Conservation of a Painted Fragment of Roman Wall Plaster from the City of Duisburg Back
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Abstract: The objective of this bachelor thesis is the documentation and consolidation of a fragment of Roman wall painting of the first century AD from the area of present-day Germany. The information gathered during the research could promote studies on the consolidation and conservation of similar artefacts. After the plaster is recovered, it undergoes a series of adaptations to its new environment, which in the case of object 170 from the Duisburg 2017 excavation led to a deterioration of its structural stability. This paper addresses the complex issues facing the documentation of such a fragile porous object, as well as the associated ethical questions of whether the use of non-reversible conservation methods, such as the use of calcium hydroxide consolidation agents, is justified in such a case. Understanding what defines reversible consolidation in the first place is also discussed. The results achieved in this work could be a small step towards improving future consolidating and cleaning agents in this field.


  • academic institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • kind of theses:  Bachelorarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra Jeberien
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. Ulrike Uhlig
  • date:  2019
  • Language:  Deutsch

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